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Gravity: stunningly accomplished space survival adventure: heartstopping and heartbreaking; the best film of 2013; just don’t call it science fiction [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Behind the Candelabra: utterly riveting true story of showman Liberace’s tormented relationship with a much younger lover, with equal measures of hilarity and tragedy; Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are at their very best [at Amazon UK Instant Video] The Big Year: pleasantly sentimental flick about life, the universe, and everything… and birdwatching; charming performances by Owen Wilson, Steve Martin, and Jack Black [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Mud: Matthew McConaughey shines as the tragic outsider in a poignant Southern coming-of-age tale [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Song for Marion »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Perhaps the only news of note this week is that in a move echoing what they did with Breaking Bad, Netflix has swooped in and gained rights to the TV series of From Dusk Til Dawn made in the states for Robert Rodriguez’s new El Rey network cable channel. Netflix will stream the episodes the day after they air in the states every week, curiously they are still billing this as ‘A Netflix Original’ when this isn’t the case necessarily. I have no idea as to the quality of this, the film From Dusk Til Dawn was one of my favourites when I was a teenager but how you drag that out into a ten part TV show I don’t know, let alone a possible second series. I watched the trailer and it looks solid and well-made as opposed to a cheap cash in and features Don Johnson »
- Chris Holt
Joshua Oppenheimer's study of 1960s Indonesian death squads wins best film, beating Oscar winner 12 Years a Slave
The Act of Killing has taken the top prize at the inaugural Guardian Film Awards.
Joshua Oppenheimer's surreal study of the Indonesian death squads of the 1960s was nominated in three fields – best director, biggest game-changer and best film.
Oppenheimer said of the recognition: "Artistically, it's a far more meaningful award to me than an Oscar."
The film – voted best film of 2013 by Guardian critics, and seventh best of the year by Guardian readers – was also strongly championed by the two external judges, Claudia Winkleman and Adam Curtis; the former calling it "one of the best films I've ever seen »
- Catherine Shoard
For a guy who said he was going to retire, Steven Soderbergh has kept himself rather busy. He recently celebrated the successes of Behind the Candelabra, about flamboyant pianist Liberace (and his hair), which took home multiple Golden Globes. His 10-part miniseries for Cinemax called The Knick will debut this year. Soon, we’ll see Chloe Grace Moretz starting in his off-Broadway play The Library. In the meantime, the tireless director has whipped up an experimental cut of Psycho (playfully called Psychos) — probably between his morning coffee and mowing the lawn, no biggie. Combining Hitchcock’s 1960 landmark film with Gus Van Sant’s 1998 shot-for-shot remake, Soderbergh’s remix darts between color footage and the...
- Alison Nastasi
Will the most hyped comic book movie of the year debut electrifying new superheroes, or just a bunch of space misfits?
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It all used to be so simple when it came to superheroes on the big screen. Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, X-Men … the odd spot of Catwoman or Daredevil if one were really unlucky. So how did we reach a place where the most hyped comic book movie of the year stars a futuristic crazy gang of blisteringly obscure space weirdos featuring a talking racoon with a machine gun, several emerald-skinned extraterrestrials and something that looks a bit like a tree with legs?
- Ben Child
Oscar favourites mingle with little-known movies on the reader-voted shortlist for the Guardian Film Awards
Its Oscar prospects may be looking shakier following Gravity's triumphant haul at Sunday's Baftas, but 12 Years a Slave does dominate the shortlist for the Guardian Film Awards. Steve McQueen's slavery drama has converted every one of its longlist mentions into a place among the final five in each category, meaning it's in the running for best film, best director, best scene, best line of dialogue and biggest game-changer. It also scores two nominations in the best supporting actor group - for Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o.
The Guardian Film Awards, currently in their inaugural year, differ from traditional awards ceremonies both in criteria and eligibility. The best director and best film categories are open to fact, fiction and foreign language, while the best actor and best supporting actor categories follow Guardian style in referring »
- Catherine Shoard
Thank you all for taking the time to vote in our first ever Film Awards. Watch out for the winners which will be announced on March 7 in G2 Film and Music
• 12 Years a Slave
• The Great Beauty
• Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Best supporting actor
• Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
• Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
• Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
• Paulo Sorrentino, The Great Beauty
• Patsy returning with the soap in 12 Years a Slave
• The »
By Lee Pfeiffer
When I screened this DVD presentation of the much-hyped HBO movie Behind the Candelabra, about the love affair between Liberace and his young boy toy Scott Thorson, the three people I viewed the movie with unanimously voiced an almost vitriolic response to the film. It had nothing to do with the gay love affair content (they are all dyed-in-the-wool liberals who support gay rights.) Their complaints centered on the fact that the film was boring and pointless and a colossal waste of talent. I was taken aback by the degree of their hatred for this movie but I will concede it was distinctly disappointing. First the background. In 1977 Scott Thorson was a hunky young guy who was introduced to Liberace. They entered an intense relationship that Thorson, in his memoirs, maintained was a legitimate May/December love affair. Before long Thorson had displaced Liberace's previous live-in »
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"Being somebody's boyfriend, I didn't picture my life like this," says Matt Damon in "Behind the Candelabra" as Scott Thorson, Liberace's subservient boy toy. "I wanted to be a veterinarian." "You want to help animals?" Liberace barks back. "Pick up the dog shit." Throughout "Candelabra," Thorson is subjected to repeated humiliations. He is Liberace's obedient minion and body servant, literally, as the wrinkled old diva lusts creepily over Scott's taut flesh and ultimately forces him to have it hacked up by a plastic surgeon so he can look like Liberace. The only time Scott doesn't take a back seat to his keeper is when he takes the front seat of a Rolls-Royce to drive Liberace on stage where he can adored by fawning multitudes – while Scott is ignored in the shadows. The same thing -- without the creepy lusting part -- has happened at award shows to Damon. »
Over the last 40 years, Bill Murray has successfully transformed himself from respected comedic actor into a film legend. He can pull off Oscar-caliber performances yet still feel like your best friend; he can dance with complete strangers then dress up as Liberace on national television; he can voice an animated cat in a horrible movie then admit the film was terrible. Most importantly, though, he can entertain the hell out of us, something he’s been doing consistently since his days on SNL. This weekend, Murray will add to his long-gestating career with another potential scene-stealing role as Sgt. Richard Campbell in George Clooney’s Monuments Men. The last time we saw Murray on-screen he was in rare form, playing Franklin D. Roosevelt in a rather serious Hyde...
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Scott Bakula is heading to the Big Easy. The "Men of a Certain Age" star has been enlisted to topline CBS' prospective New Orleans-set "NCIS" spinoff, according to Variety. Bakula will play the special agent in charge of NCIS cases for the Texas-Mississippi-Louisiana region in the series, the "backdoor pilot" of which will air as a special two-part "NCIS" episode this spring. Bakula recently earned an Emmy nomination for his performance in HBO's acclaimed Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra," and he has a recurring role on the network's "Looking," which debuted to generally positive reviews last month. On the feature-film side he'll »
- HitFix Staff
Scott Bakula is taking a quantum leap to CBS. Bakula has been tapped to star in the network’s planted “NCIS” spinoff, which will be set in New Orleans. Also read: CBS Orders Terrorism Pilot From ‘Revenge’ Producer Nikki Toscano The planted spinoff, which will air as a two-part “NCIS” episode in the spring, will center on the NCIS New Orleans office, which handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. Bakula, who recently earned an Emmy nomination for his work on the HBO Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra,” will play NCIS Special Agent Pride, who embodies New Orleans. »
- Tim Kenneally
Scott Bakula is set to lead the cast of CBS’ NCIS planted spinoff set in New Orleans. Like the mothership series starring Mark Harmon, the spinoff too is built around a central character, NCIS Special Agent Pride, played by Bakula. Executive produced by NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg and Harmon, spinoff is set at the NCIS New Orleans office which handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. It centers on NCIS Special Agent Pride (Bakula), who embodies New Orleans. He’s driven by the need to do what’s right and does it all with warmth, passion, strength and humor. The planted spinoff will air as a two-part NCIS episode this spring. Quantum Leap and Men Of A Certain Age alum Bakula was recently nominated for an Emmy for his role in HBO Films’ Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra and currently recurs on the new HBO comedy Looking. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
A week or so ago we launched the inaugural Guardian Film Awards. Now, we're taking a closer look at the longlist in each category. Today: best line of dialogue
A tricky one, this category. The pithiest quip in the world only comes alive in context - as part of a dialogue, as a well-timed reply, a spot-on commentary. But we were also after lines which, to some extent, worked as standalones, condensed versions of a movie's mission statement.
So: get your lips round these contenders, then hurl abuse - and the gems we forgot - at us in the comments.
I don't see a lot of money here.
Bud (F Murray Abraham)
Just devastating. Llewyn's audition couldn't be more soulful. But it's a cold hard world out there, and fiscal reality rules the roost.
What a story; everything but a fire in the orphanage. »
- Catherine Shoard
A week or so ago, we launched the inaugural Guardian Film Awards. Now, we're taking a closer look at the longlist in each category. Today: best scene
A movie in microcosm. A watercooler fave. A possibly-dodgy YouTube rip. An endlessly emailed link. What are the moments that stick with you from this season's contenders? And which great sequences are missing from our longlist?
Simple pleasures here: just a man silently singing along to an 80s classic. But what a man, and what a lip-synch. This acts as a lovely re-introduction to the character - faintly more funky yet still the old Alan ("Your fog lamps are on") - as well as a stirring start to a feelgood movie.
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The opening scene of Gravity
This, surely, is how Alfonso Cuaron always »
- Catherine Shoard
Alfonso Cuarón wins 2014 DGA Award for ‘Gravity’ (photo: Directors Guild of America Award winner Alfonso Cuarón and last year’s DGA Award winner Ben Affleck) As expected, Alfonso Cuarón won the 2014 Directors Guild of America Award for the blockbuster Gravity at a January 25, 2014, ceremony held at Los Angeles’ Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. “We saw all these photographs of earth from space, and it’s absolutely beautiful; hues of greens and blues,” Cuarón told the crowd after receiving his award from last year’s DGA winner, Ben Affleck. “Everything seems so organic [from space]. Those silly lines and boundaries we put on political maps, you can’t see that from space. It’s a bizarre experiment of nature, that is the human experience. And it’s what we as directors try to sort out as filmmakers.” A mix of space thriller and inspirational soap opera that has just about nothing to do with »
- Andre Soares
Another Oscar pre-cursor award was handed out Saturday night.
Director Alfonso Cuarón won the DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Gravity. This top honor puts him in a good spot to win the Academy Award for Best Director on Oscar Sunday, March 2. The awards for 2013 were announced during the 66th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Other DGA nominees were Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips); Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave); David O. Russell (American Hustle); and Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street).
With just five weeks until the Oscars are announced from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, 12 Years A Slave, which tied with Gravity last Saturday to earn the top award at the Producers Guild, seems to be in a three-way race with American Hustle which took home the Screen Actors Guild award last weekend.
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- Michelle McCue
• Full coverage of the Oscars 2014 race
In the recent bustle of Hollywood shows, Gravity, David O Russell's con caper American Hustle, and Steve McQueen's historical epic 12 Years a Slave were competing in the tightest three-way Oscar race in years. But the win gives Cuaron's lost-in-space-saga an edge on the journey to the Academy Awards.
With 10 Oscar nominations, Cuarón's film is likely to gain the most Academy Awards this year. American Hustle also has 10 nominations, while 12 Years a Slave has nine. The early momentum of 12 Years a Slave has begun to deflate following this evening's upset and the results of the Golden Globes. McQueen's film was nominated for seven Globes, but only »
Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron walked away with the top honor at the 66th annual Directors Guild of America Awards, held Saturday. Steven Soderbergh nabbed an award for his HBO Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra, while Jehane Noujaim was honored for her doc The Square. On the TV series front, Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan won honors for directing the series finale of the AMC hit, and Beth McCarthy-Miller took the first award of the night for her work on 30 Rock. Photos: 6 Top Directors on Rookie Mistakes, Studio Notes and Biggest Frustrations The ceremony, hosted by Jane Lynch, took
- THR Staff
A former lover of Liberace, who was the subject of the HBO film Behind the Candelabra, has been sentenced to eight to 20 years in a Nevada prison for failing another court-ordered drug test while on probation for burglary and identity theft convictions. Washoe District Judge Patrick Flanagan sentenced Scott Thorson on Wednesday after a string of bad drug tests capped his failure to show up at a court-ordered treatment facility. Flanagan originally suspended the prison sentence in July and gave Thorson a second chance in September after testing positive for methamphetamine, but he failed tests twice in October and again on Nov. »
- Associated Press
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